July 2009 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 3 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.
  • Jul 4 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
  • Jul 5 Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
  • Jul 6 Jadranka Kosor became first female prime minister of Croatia.
  • Jul 14 Singapore experiences a seasonally adjusted and annualised growth of 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of increased pharmaceuticals production and construction, bringing the country out of the recession
  • Jul 15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.
  • Jul 17 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.
  • Jul 18 Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 19 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin win

  • Jul 23 The Bank of Canada announces the end of the recession even though it remains nascent and still dependent on government stimulus money
  • Jul 30 A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • Jul 1 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • Jul 3 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • Jul 4 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer (b. 1935)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 6 Robert McNamara, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Vasily Aksyonov, Russian writer (b. 1932)
  • Jul 11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916)

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1896)
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan Supreme court chief justice (b. 1921)
  • Jul 24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • Jul 25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • Jul 26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • Jul 29 Gayatri Devi, Ex-Maharani of Indian state Jaipur. (b. 1919)
  • Jul 30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)